Van Persie reveals frustration

Since losing the Carling Cup final to Birmingham back in February,

the Gunners have seen their hopes of silverware slip away. Last

weekend’s deflating defeat at Aston Villa means Arsene Wenger’s

side could miss out on a third-placed Premier League finish, and

automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage, to

Manchester City. And Van Persie says he and his team-mates take

responsibility for their frustrating campaign. The Dutchman told

The Sun: “I can understand the fans’ reaction because I feel

connected with them and know they are frustrated. “The players

share that frustration but we are giving it everything. “I am the

first person to say when something isn’t good enough and I’m not

trying to hide from our results.” Van Persie, who has netted 17

league goals this term, has been pleased with his personal form,

but admits the Gunners’ lack of success has taken the shine off his

own achievements. He said: “This is definitely the best scoring

form of my career but there’s been lots of ups and downs for me and

for the team this season.” Despite Arsenal’s disappointment this

season, Van Persie was encouraged by their home win over Spanish

giants Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. “The

highlight was beating Barcelona at home,” he added. “When you look

at them, they play four or five top games in a row and then have

one when they don’t play so well but still win. “That is when you

can say you are a hugely good team – and that has to be our aim at

Arsenal.”